ELSIE CHOUNOUNE: Opening Ceremony for the Results Based Management Training Workshop

Jun 3, 2013

It is my privilege to be here this morning to deliver remarks on behalf of UNDP at the Opening Ceremony of the Results Based Management Training Workshop.

I extend special commendations to the Cabinet Office and Planning Institute of Jamaica for partnering with UNDP to put on this Training Workshop. UNDP is pleased to be supporting the Government and people of Jamaica, as we remain committed to helping the country achieve its development targets. As part of that commitment, we are continuously looking at ways in which the national capacity to improve development results and achieve the desired national targets can be improved. One such way is by supporting the stellar efforts of the Cabinet Office, as it attempts to get wholesale adoption and mainstreaming of Results Based Management (RBM) in the Public Sector.

The adoption of RBM will enhance the effectiveness, accountability, transparency and efficiency of the programme management and implementation of the Government’s various plans, and will further contribute to the achievement of the Vision 2030 goals.

This training exercise will introduce participants of the basic and key aspects of Results Based Management and planning for development results, as well as foster an active understanding and collective reflection on its importance for attaining development results.

The key learning objectives of this training process are to:
• Improve understanding of results-based management and its importance for achieving results;
• Improve understanding of the concepts and approaches involved in results-based management, including the results cycle and the core components of planning, monitoring and evaluating;
• Strengthen skills in analyzing development problems, and formulating results-oriented strategies;
• Strengthen skills in constructing results frameworks, and formulating S.M.A.R.T. results and indicators, and
• Improve awareness of the importance of the Monitoring and Evaluation function and process.

We are proud to say that UNDP’s involvement in this training course was truly demand driven, as we were approached by a very forward looking Cabinet Office to provide support in this area.

We note that the funds for these training sessions are not grant funds, but instead the sessions are being funded by money from the national coffers, which further demonstrates the Government’s commitment to implementing RBM and improving development results for Jamaica.

We trust that you will have a most enjoyable and productive workshop. We are happy we were able to answer the call, and had no hesitation to join in this truly important event. UNDP has been supporting Jamaica for many years through partnerships with state and non-state agencies and civil societies. Of note is UNDP’s work the thematic areas of governance and justice, human rights, poverty reduction and livelihoods, climate change adaptation and mitigation, disaster risk reduction and natural resources management, which are all important in capacity development and in building resilience for Jamaica as a Small Island Developing State.

UNDP’s partnership with the Cabinet Office and the Planning Institute of Jamaica to conduct this Results Based Management Training Workshop underscores our continued commitment to working with partners to identify and implement appropriate interventions that meet the human development needs of Jamaicans. This supports our overarching goal of achieving the targets of the Millennium Development Goals and ensuring that there is sustainable development in Jamaica beyond 2015. The assistance being given to Jamaica by the United Nations Development Programme will help to further put the country on a path to realizing the Vision 2030 Jamaica, and thus truly make Jamaica ‘the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business’.

Thank you.

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